It’s So Simple To Play The Spoons!

I’ve been holding the spoons wrong! Not that I’ve ever considered myself a spoon player, but this simple explanation just made an instant difference.

I’ve reblogged a few posts from from Tiny Tapping Toes, because the blogger Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou ( is an amazing font of inspiration. Plus reading her clear instructions of proper spoon technique this morning (and then playing the spoons with my kids!) mirrored the similar instructions I witnessed local (Ballarat/Buniyong) music teacher, musician and friend, Steven Skilbeck of give his class on the correct (i.e. best) way of holding xylophone mallets yesterday.

Yes, I am pretty lucky that I get to learn from a great specialist teacher during my pre-service-rounds. I hope that we know each other in the real world hasn’t made his job of running classes with a observing student teacher more weird than otherwise.

Anyway, my point is that while I’m a huge believer in `giving things a go’, spontaneity, and unrestricted creativity, there’s also no need to reinvent the wheel when you’re starting out, and having a mentor to pass on those little bits of technical knowledge is invaluable. And in the modern world such mentors are readily accessible in a myriad of ways!

Now, where’s my copy of Superunknown….


About earlleonardmusicforkids

Earl Leonard is a talented musician with an honest rocking style. Kids love his enthusiam and sense of fun. Performances for early primary and pre-school aged children are structured to leave room for participation; including changing well known song lyrics with the help of the kids. Songwriting workshops for grades 3 and up open a world of creativity; exploring language rhythm and rhyme. through all the fun and games children learn about words and music.
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